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LANA KHVALINA NAMED FIRST TEAM VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Baltimore, MD-UMBC tennis standout Lana Khvalina (Rochester, NY/Holliswood HS) was named First Team At-Large Verizon Academic All America, it was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Khvalina was the lone sophomore in the country named to the team includes the sports of crew, fencing, field hockey golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. Khvalina, who maintains a 4.00 grade-point average in Political Science, and will earn her undergraduate degree in three years, becomes UMBC's third First Team Academic All American. Cross Country's Jen Ecker (2001) and tennis' Oscar Lopez (1999) also earned those honors. She is UMBC's thirteenth Academic All American in the last two years, the highest figure in any two-year period in school history. On the court, Khvalina just earned All Northeast Conference honors at #5 singles, after compiling a record of 16-3 at that position for the five-time league champions. A member of UMBC's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Khvalina played #1 doubles this season, compiling a 12-6 record and earning All NEC honors with partner Tia Kaasalainen. For her career, Khvalina is a remarkable 36-6 in singles competition.